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Tonight begins the year 5776! May your New Year be as Sweet as Apples and Honey!
Congregation Aitz Chaim will be marking the new year with Rosh Hashanah Services tonight and Tomorrow. We hope that you can join us! No tickets necessary.

SEPTEMBER 13: Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, will be held at 7pm at the meeting room in the YWCA, 220 2nd St N. Oneg to follow.

SEPTEMBER 14: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services followed by Tashlich
Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, will begin at 10am at the YWCA, 220 2nd St N.

Tashlich services will immediately follow at about 12:30 pm at Giant Springs, 4600 Giant Springs Road.

All are also welcome to gather following Tashlich for a no-host chinese lunch at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave S.

Submitted by Aaron Weissman


As we stand before G-d this Rosh Hashana, let’s pray and beseech our Creator to bestow upon His world a super dose of forgiveness, a touch of non-tough love, a good amount of wisdom to focus on the things that actually matter, a gift of moderation so we can stop bickering about anything and everything that doesn’t speak/look/think like us, and a bit more revelation so that His creations can grow in their relationship with Him. We will, of course, do our part: we resolve to be more united even with those with whom we disagree wholeheartedly, we hope to be more conscious of the pristine environment which we’ve been gifted, we are sure to be more devoted to our people, our land and our Torah, and most importantly, we commit to cut the judgmentalism out of our system. G-d is the True Judge, not us.

I bless each and every one of you, my beloved readers, my devoted congregants and my amazing Montanan sisters and brothers: may this year be the one that you’ve been waiting for. May you merit to see G-d in action, not only in mystery; may you merit tangible sweetness materialistically, physically and spiritually. May you know only good health with doctors being used for preventative measures only, may your children, grandchildren and all those whose future you’re rooting for personally, give you Jewish Nachas, and may we all experience redemption, an epic liberation from the exilic limitations, with freedom to worship G-d as He originally intended with the coming of our Mashiach, now!

A Gut Gebenched Yur!

Your Bozeman brother,

Rabbi Chaim Bruk


Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Sunday, 09/13/2015: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Stephen Boyd
  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015: Oneg: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman; Bruce and Joy Breslauer


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The YWCA. Oneg to follow.
  • Monday morning, 09/14/2015, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The YWCA.
  • Monday afternoon, 1:00 P.M.: Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
  • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave. S.
  • The space at the Bethel is temporarily unavailable due to site renovation. The address of the YWCA is 220 Second Street North.


Dear Friend,
Chavie, Chaya, Zeesy & Menny join me in wishing you and your family K’siva V’Chasima Tova L’Shana Tova Umetuka. May you and yours be Inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a sweet New Year with revealed blessings of health, wealth, happiness and Nachas.
May the conclusion of this year, arguably the most challenging for our people in a generation, bring to a final close the hate, violence and war that we have had to endure, and bring in its place justice, safety, security and most importantly, peace and harmony, to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, in Montana and the world at large.
May this year bring about a realization of Hashem’s gifts in our personal life and the ability to transform our challenging moments into moments of learning and growth. May we all utilize G-d’s direct channels of Torah and Mitzvot and His hidden channels in every breath of life to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
May our dreams become reality, may our hopes for the future become the experience of the present, and may we all succeed in truly living up to the Infinite potential that Hashem has placed within our minds and hearts, bodies and souls.
Most importantly, may this New Year finally bring about an end to this vicious exile and usher in the era we’ve all been waiting for, for way too long, the coming of our righteous Mashiach – Amen.
With best wishes, and deep gratitude for your love and friendship,
Rabbi Chaim Bruk



שנה טובה ובריאה, שנת שלום, ברכה נחת ואושר

Happy New Year! Let it be a healthy and peaceful year

With best wishes to your family and friends!!

Nadyne and Jerry Weissman


This video was sent to me this morning. It’s really good.


Try not to think of this as RYE BREAD. A Happy and healthy New Year to you all.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts soon. Unlike January 1st, which is filled with merrymaking and parties, Rosh Hashanah is a time for introspection, and purifying one’s soul. In conjunction with this is the custom of Tashlich, where people take crumbs and throw them into a river or other body of water to symbolize throwing away one’s sins and starting the new year fresh.

However, times have changed…

Taking a few crumbs to Tashlich from whatever old bread is in the house lacks subtlety, nuance and religious sensitivity. Instead, consider these options this year for Rosh Hashanah:

For ordinary sins, use White Bread
For exotic sins, French Bread
For particularly dark sins, Pumpernickel
For complex sins, Multi-grain
For twisted sins, Pretzels
For tasteless sins, Rice Cakes
For sins of indecision, Waffles
For sins committed in haste, Matzah
For sins of chutzpah, Bread that’s fresh
For substance abuse, Poppy Seed
For committing arson, Toast
For committing auto theft, Caraway
For being ill tempered, Sourdough
For silliness, Nut Bread
For jingoism,Yankee Doodles
For excessive use of irony, Rye Bread
For telling bad jokes, Corn Bread
For hardening our hearts, Jelly doughnuts
For war-mongering, Kaiser Rolls
For immodest dressing, Tarts
For causing injury or damage to others, Tortes
For promiscuity, Hot Buns
For being holier than thou, Bagels
For unfairly upbraiding another, Challah
For trashing the environment, Dumplings
For sins of laziness, Any Very Long Loaf
For lying, Baked Goods with Nutrasweet and Olestra
For the sins of the righteous, Angel Food Cake
For selling your soul, Devils Food Cake
For lust in your heart, Wonder Bread
For inhaling, Stoned Wheat
Remember, you don’t have to show your crumbs to anyone.